Daily Archives: March 13, 2018

North West Legislature on failure to spend money on housing development

North West Legislature Portfolio Committee on Local Government Lambasts Department for failure to spend R300m for housing Development

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Human Settlement has lambasted the department for failure to spend R300m on housing development as well as continued lack of delivery on Military Veterans houses. The money ended up being returned to National Treasury through Provincial Treasury; and ultimately disbursed to other performing Provinces.

The Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Hon. Motlalepula Rosho further indicated that non performance of the department on housing development for 2 years in succession has deprived the people of North West the right to access of houses.

The department was presenting the quarterly report to the Portfolio Committee. It was also lashed for not ‘capacitating and playing Oversight role over municipalities in the province’.

Hon. Rosho, said the department allows municipalities to do as they please. You are not adhering to the back to basics principles in terms of assessing impact instead you are doing malicious compliance to tick the box of submitting reports. Municipalities like Lekwa Teemane and Ditsobotla are in state of collapse.

The reality is that the Auditor General’s brifieng on Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) audit outcomes, once more confirmed our assertion as the Portfolio Committee that the NW municipalities performance has regressed, she said.

Hon. Rosho also referred to the issue of Kagisano Molopo local municipality that allegedly held a council meetings at Protea Hotel in Mafikeng and other areas outside the Municipal boundries. The Mayor is law unto herself; she even attacked a councillor physically. How can a council meeting be moved from its own constituency?

Responding to the issues raised, the Head of Department of Local government, Mr Ephraim Motoko, agreed with the Committee that the department underperformed on the issue of the re-allocation of the R300m.

We started the process of procuring late in the year and most contractors were poorly performing. Some projects’ planning phase was not complete.

In areas like Marikana and Bokamoso, contractors could not continue because of community protests, said Mr Motoko.

The MEC for the department, Fenny Gaolaolwe, said the other problem that delayed service delivery in housing is that most people on the system are registered as people that have already received houses. On issues of beneficiary list, the MEC acceded that they definitely have challenges and still grappling to resolve them.

The department has been told to submit a turnaround plan that will ensure that they deliver houses for military veterans; submit a report to translate the R300 million budget lost to other provinces as to how many beneficiaries have been disadvantaged a report on Kagisano Molopo holding meetings in Protea Hotel and the Mayor’s conduct whom was reported to have been convicted while the oversight meeting was in session. The reports are expected to be submitted within 7 working days.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Lindiwe Zulu hands over bakkies, stock and cash safes to small businesses, 14 Mar

Minister Lindiwe Zulu delivers bakkies and resources to small businesses

Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will, on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 hand over bakkies, stock and cash safes to five micro-distributors as part of the DSBD-Nestle Micro-Distributor Programme.

The Department of Small Business Development has partnered with Nestle South Africa in an Enterprise Development Programme to grow Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). It is expected that 34 more micro-distributors will benefit over the next few months and at least 200 will have benefited by 2020. All beneficiaries of the programme are operating in townships and rural areas.

A total of R250 000 has been invested per SMME that has been approved as a micro-distributor. R150 000 is ear-marked for the purchase of the vehicle, while the balance will to go to storage, safes, and stock.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu sees small businesses and co-operatives as critical to creating an economy that benefits all. She commended Nestle for partnering with the department to help develop and grow small businesses. It is through these kinds of intervention that we will be able to defeat the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality, said Minister Zulu.

Source: Government of South Africa

22 Years participation in CPF coupled with a birthday celebration of CPF Chairperson

The South African Police Service in the Province have today participated in the 22 years celebration of voluntary and uninterrupted service of Mr Moope Kgasago in the Community Police Forum which was held at SABC Park in Polokwane.

Today’s event which was held under the theme: “Prevention of Crime Begins with me”, was honoured by the presence of the Deputy Provincial Commissioner Policing Major General Jan Scheepers accompanied by the Provincial Corporate Communication, VISPOL and the SAPS Polokwane Station Commander Brigadier Gift Makhubela.

The event was also attended by the Mayor of Greater Tzaneen Municipality Honourable Maripe Mangena, the Polokwane Municipality, the Business Community, Taxi Associations, Community Police Forums, Government Departments, Youth Structures, Unemployed Group and the Community Safety Forums.

On celebrating life, a world free of crime and active CPF Voluntarism, Major General Jan Scheepers has rendered a keynote address on behalf of the Provincial Commissioner and Management. The General has based his presentation from the Biblical verse from the book of Genesis 11. He congratulated Mr Kgasago on the uninterrupted and tireless voluntary service he rendered in the Community Police Forum structures from the lower level until at the Provincial level as a Provincial Chairperson.

The General has given a clear testimony that Mr Kgasago remains a man of the people and a real servant of God, because he is always available when duty calls.

Whenever there is a community unrest situation, he will always zoom in for intervention. Mr Kgasago’s voluntary spirit was today experienced when he has decided to celebrate his birthday by preaching the Gospel of crime prevention and further, by offering to the unemployed and needy people.

Bravo to a gallant crime buster and Bravo to the spirit of Community Policing, concluded General Scheepers.

Source: South African Police Service

SA Parliamentary Delegation Pursuing Empowerment of Rural Women & Girls at UN Women Session

Parliament- The South African Parliamentary delegation to the 62nd Session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) yesterday participated in the opening plenary and several roundtable discussions relating to the promotion of the interests of rural women and girls.

Parliament’s six-member multiparty delegation, led by the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Ms Thandi Modise, is at the CSW’s 62nd Session currently taking place in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. The delegation also includes NCOP House Chairperson Ms Masefako Dikgale and four other Members of Parliament Ms Nthabiseng Khunou, Ms Grace Tseke, Ms Denise Robinson and Ms Delisile Ngwenya.

The issues of rural women and girls are taking the centre-stage at the CSW’s 62nd Session, which is being held under the priority theme: Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls.

The Parliamentary delegation, which is part of the SA country delegation that includes the Ministry of Women, took part in roundtables which dealt with the following topics: good practices in the empowerment of rural women and girls, including through access to education, infrastructure and technology, food security and nutrition and good practices in the empowerment of rural women and girls, including through prevention of gender-based violence and through access to justice, social services and healthcare.

Delegation leader Ms Thandi Modise stressed that the necessity and importance of empowering rural women and girls and the realisation of their human rights cannot be over-emphasised.

Women who constitute a large proportion of the rural population have limited, if any, access to the means of food production and remain vulnerable to food insecurity. Often, rural women are under-represented in local and national institutions – which inhibits their voices and participation in decision-making processes. Generally, rural women and girls continue to bear the brunt of structural barriers, discrimination, oppression and gender-based violence, amongst others, Ms Modise said.

The focus of this Session of the CSW is, therefore, important in ensuring that United Nations member states galvanise their individual and collective efforts to accelerate the betterment of the conditions of rural women and girls, and end all forms of oppression, violence and other harmful practices.

Ms Modise added: We need to intensify our efforts to end poverty, eradicate hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture, achieve full employment and decent work for all, and combat climate change. Integral to this is the ability of rural women to access land and have land tenure security, as well as their ability to be free from all forms of violence, discrimination and harmful practices. As the South African Parliament, through oversight, we must ensure that the goals of the National Development Plan are met – of creating 11 million jobs to reduce unemployment, and significantly reduce poverty and inequality by 2030.

Since 1994 Parliament has passed a number of progressive laws designed to advance the development of women in all spheres of their lives. However, much needs to be done. We need, uncompromisingly, to reject backward and harmful practices perpetrated under the guise of culture. Advancing issues of women and economic empowerment must also include ensuring that land distribution programs benefit rural women in terms of land ownership.

Today, the Chairperson of the NCOP and the South African Parliament’s delegation will take part in the discussion organised by the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women on the subject: Parliaments deliver for rural women and girls. On Wednesday, NCOP Chairperson Ms Modise will address one of the side events, together with UN Women Executive Director Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other speakers.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN BOYS AND GIRLS QUALIFY FOR 2018 GOLF JUNIOR WORLD CUP IN JUNE

JOHANNESBURG– Both the South African boys and girls teams have qualified for the 2018 Toyota Golf Junior World Cup in Japan in June with victories in both competitions at the All-Africa Junior Golf Challenge held in Morocco last week.

The South African boys team claimed a 20th consecutive victory for the country in the prestigious junior championship with a winning score of 866, while the girl’s team defended their title with an overall score of 622.

Morocco also booked their spot in the world junior event at the Chukyo Golf Club in Toyota City from June 12 to 15 with a second-place finish on 919 in the boy’s competition.

Zimbabwe edged out the hosts to take second in the girl’s competition, combining for 686 to deny the host union by four shots. South Africa also enjoyed one-two-three finishes in the individual competitions.

Reigning South African Women’s Amateur champion Kajal Mistry defended her girls’ individual title with a winning score of 307, while Sanlam South Africa Amateur champion Deon Germishuys topped the boy’s competition on three-under-par 285.

Newcomer Caitlyn Macnab took second place in the scoring department in the girl’s competition on 318 and Symone Henriques tied for third on 311 with Intissar Rich from Morocco.

Reigning Italian Under-16 champion Martin Vorster finished second on 288, two shots ahead of new cap Werner Deyzel.

Ayden Senger, also making his debut for South Africa, finished in sixth place on 307.

Eden Thompson, who managed the boys’ team, said: This is a young team in terms of experience, but the dynamic of the team worked really well for this tournament format. Martin debuted for South Africa in the African Amateur, but it was the first time Deon, Werner and Ayden had represented the country on the international stage.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK